I have had my Samoa for less than a year, and I have put it through the ringer. I took it on a Caribbean cruise with me, I used it all winter in the brackish water (full of oyster shells) where I live in S.C. and it stood up tremendously. Unfortunately, two weeks ago I packed it for a trip, didn't use it, and when I unpacked it, it had a slight (2 cm.# tear on the side of the board, acquired when I slipped one of the breakdown paddles into the pack. I called the company #Sevylor/Coleman# and they were great. Unfortunately, you CANNOT repair this item and they have some sort of deal with Walmart, so they can't replace it #she did give me a 50% discount on anything I purchase from Coleman in the future..no expiration date#...the rep is sending me a kit, but she says that it probably will not work. I feel like I got my money's worth out of it, and after spending the entire night on the internet looking at other models, #I want to go to a standard model, not inflatable#, the prices are outrageous, and I actually may purchase another Samoa!...Sevylor #Coleman# is a great company to work with, I felt very safe on the board, it isn't as stiff as you may like #I weight 135 pounds 5 7"# and found that it wasn't great in wind or chop #light# but great for a nightly tour around my dock/creek area. Overall, I would definitely recommend this: it is reasonably priced, I especially like the D-rings #believe it or not...many of the paddleboards don't have a place on the bow ...this is how I get it in/off my dock or tie it up when I go somewhere#..the 3 fins are nice for tracking but aren't long which is a plus when you are in shallow water...but as I said, it is not 'fixable' and you have to be careful with packing/inflating it and its durability is questionable.
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